General Overview of Problems With Critical Area Ordinance / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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10 hrs  February 22, 2017  Wendy Harris

Will the council approve a Critical Area Ordinance (CAO) that does not comply with the GMA? It is looking more and more likely. I am sick to my stomach thinking that after just one “general issues” work session, council will be ready to vote on the updated Critical Area Ordinance. It really did not help that few people participated, but how could they when there was no real training provided on such a technical issue? Perhaps if the CAO was not improperly separated from the Comp. Plan update, it would have been easier to obtain public input. Continue reading

The CAO Presentation To County Council / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

 

 

Yesterday at 3:17am  September 21, 2016  Wendy Harris

At the staff presentation to the county council on the Critical Area Ordinance, staff provided their goals and proposed changes (why are they making changes now?) without explaining how the CAO worked or how the new proposals fit into the CAO requirements. They skipped any mention of the Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas, and only mentioned farm plans with regard to an suggestion for an annual report. I felt this left the council and public uninformed. Continue reading

How The Staff Rigged the County CARA Provisions / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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Link to audio recording of the Whatcom County Critical Areas Citizen’s Advisory Committee meeting for August 5, 2015

7 hrs  March 5, 2016  Wendy Harris

http://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/…/Critical-Areas-Citi…

On 8-5-15, the citizen advisory committee for the CAO reviewed the CARA (critical area aquifer recharge area) provisions. There is an audio recording. It starts at minute 30 and is concluded in minute 33.30. Three and a half minutes in total to discuss the CARA section.. one of 5 types of CARAs in the CAO. Continue reading

Tricks And Treats For Mountain Bikers and Farmers /Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

Planning Commission Packet

6 hrs  February 24, 2016  Wendy Harris

The planning department has all kinds of tricks up its Critical Areas Ordinance sleeves. They want to exempt all outdoor recreation but as you know, I have been researching and writing on this issue, explaining that all human activities have impacts. And I have plenty of science to back me up. Continue reading

The County Misleads Public And PC On Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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Yesterday at 2:48am  February 22, 2016  Wendy Harris

The County Misleads Public And PC On Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas
(and may impact in stream flows that have implications for the Nooksack)

The planning department asserts that it is having the PC review the “easy” stuff on Thursday, which is rather misleading. Continue reading